Over the past ten years the number of girls under 16 taken into hospital suffering from anorexia has risen by 80%, according to new figures released by the NHS. The figures rose from 256 being admitted in 1996/97 to 462 in 2006/07
Experts are unclear as to what has caused the rise, or it’s due to more people suffering from eating disorders, or more being admitted to hospital. There were also calls for people to be treated earlier.
Anne Milton, the shadow Health minister said: “We are failing to get across to young people today the dangers they face when they abuse food.”